Definition of gratuity in English:

gratuity

Line breaks: gra¦tu|ity
Pronunciation: /ɡrəˈtjuːɪti
 
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noun (plural gratuities)

1 formal A tip given to a waiter, taxi driver, etc.
More example sentences
  • However, a special gratuity paid to a driver, for example at Christmas, may not be taxable.
  • As we headed home, my mate wondered why many cafés have counter-top jars for tips if paying gratuities was not New Zealand custom.
  • These gratuities are voluntary rewards given from spectators who genuinely enjoyed the battle in the ring.
Synonyms
tip, gift, present, donation, reward, handout, recompense, boon, baksheesh; fringe benefit, bonus, extra payment, little extra, bit extra; (gratuities)largesse, benefaction; Frenchpourboire, douceur
informal perk
formal perquisite
2British A sum of money paid to an employee at the end of a period of employment: an end-of-contract gratuity of 20% of the total pay received
More example sentences
  • Well, as part of my pay for February, I received my gratuity for the contract period that ended December 31, 2002.
  • Charitable payments or gratuities given by employers should not be deducted from awards of damages as it is important not to discourage benevolence.
  • Government has been implored to intervene in the labour stand-off between the company and its workers following failure by management to pay gratuity to over 400 employees.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting graciousness or favour): from Old French gratuité or medieval Latin gratuitas 'gift', from Latin gratus 'pleasing, thankful'.

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